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The Candidate (1972)

110 min - Comedy, Drama - 23 August 1972
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A young, aggressive lawyer is seduced into a political race against a well-respected incumbent Senator. Trying to do his own thing, he finds it difficult to call his own shots in the face of party efforts to mold him into a winner. Academy Award-winner for Best Screenplay and featuring strong performances by Peter Boyle and Melvyn Douglas. "The best political film ever" praises the National Observer, while Rex Reed declares it "like a string of Fourth of July firecrackers, exploding in joy.... It is clever and riveting and honest."

Director:  Michael Ritchie
Stars:  Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Allen Garfield, Karen Carlson, Quinn K. Redeker, Morgan Upton, Michael Lerner

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A young, aggressive lawyer is seduced into a political race against a well-respected incumbent Senator. Trying to do his own thing, he finds it difficult to call his own shots in the face of party efforts to mold him into a winner. Academy Award-winner for Best Screenplay and featuring strong performances by Peter Boyle and Melvyn Douglas. "The best political film ever" praises the National Observer, while Rex Reed declares it "like a string of Fourth of July firecrackers, exploding in joy.... It is clever and riveting and honest."



Tagline: Too Handsome. Too Young. Too Liberal. Doesn't have a chance. He's PERFECT!

Genres: Comedy, Drama

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  23 August 1972

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Redford-Ritchie Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 50 min

Academy Award Nominations and Win

SOUND — Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa
WRITING (Story and Screenplay–based on factual material or material not previously published or produced) — Jeremy Larner – WON


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